Hop Lava IPA | Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

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Hop Lava IPAHop Lava IPA

Brewed by:
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive!"

Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich Malt, Centennial and Cascade hops. 7.0% ABV, 75 BU

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 267
Photo of timhoth
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a very smooth beer and had a very strong hop/wheat smell. At first the beer tasted very rich and full of flavor. My taste buds were exploding because of all the different flavors involved. The aftertaste was my only complaint as it left a very strong taste of wheat in your mouth, but my buddy who was with me said that he enjoyed that very much. After a couple drinks you dont notice the aftertaste at all anyway as the alcohol content is good.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap at Henry's 12th Street Tavern Portland:

A rather ordinary IPA. Good appearance, rather average aroma with lots of pine and hops. Tastes of hops and not too much else. Finishes rather short and lackluster. And I did write this before ordering a Pliny the Elder. That did not influence my evaluation (much). =)

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Photo of madtappers
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Double Mountian tasting room.

Poured a hazed copper color with a perfect white foamy head.

The aroma of nw hops pour out of beer and into your noise. Hops upfront and all the way down. Got to say this has to be one of the best Oregon IPAs in years.

Very smooth for the amount of hops used in this beers, just dangerously smooth for the high ABV.

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Photo of Derek
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Big River Grill in Stevenson, WA.

I was blown away by this brew (I had never even heard of the brewery).

A: Copper amber with on off-white head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Huge leafy hop aroma: Tangerine, citrus rind, nectarine & grass.

T: Awesome hopping, with plenty of citrus, grass & rind. But it's got a nice bready malt to back it up. Pleasantly crisp bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

This is really well crafted, and an inspiration for my own homebrew.

Brewery's info:
"This big, glowing, powerful IPA is packed with assertive Northwest hops that are floral, citrusy and resinous. A healthy dose of Munich malt helps to provide backbone and balance against the hoppy attack. The result? Explosive!
Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner and Munich Malt,
Centennial and Cascade hops. 7.0% ABV, 75 BU"

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a clear medium orange and has a strong glowing quality with a slight off-white head that dissolves quickly into a wispy layer atop the glass. The aroma is citrus hop, grapefruit rind, and just overall resinous, sticky hops. The flavor is grapefruit, citrus forward with some toasted bread crust with a sweet bitter, slightly dry finish. Its light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Highly sessionable overall and to me has become the quintessential PNW IPA.

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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear shimmering gold with a touch of haze and a sturdy white foam floating on top.
Aromas of cut hay, drought grasses, pine, and honey. This, though is far drier than one might expect.
Again, quite dry through the mouth. Hay and saltine crackers lay the malt base and are quickly tossed aside. Hops blast in with dried flowers, wilted prairie grasses, and a touch of evergreen. It's all sorts of bitter, but lacks a stand-up counterpart to balance it and take it to the next level.
Medium bodied with a steady, rushing CO2. It's build as a drinker, despite its elevated ABV. Its strength is not noticed at all.
While the bitterness it rotund, the overall impression is unlike most PacNW hop bombs I've had. I've give it some credit for that, but it lacks depth and balance over the long haul. Still, a good quaff.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Henry's Taver, oR

A - Poured copper-gold with 2 fingers of white head. Doesn't dissipate and leaves beautiful lacing. Can it look any tastier?

S - Notes of honey, grassy hops, citrus, and light alcohol.

T - Taste of honey, grassy hops, citrus, bittering hops, and light alcohol. Very malty and smooth.

M - Full-bodied, barely hop dominated, and finishes dry.

D - Great overall. This one drinks closer to an imperial IPA due to the dryness and light alcohol. I will enjoy this one a few more times while in Oregon.

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Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the typical IPA yellowey/orangeish-amber with a nice, thick, white head that dissipated much quicker than I expected, given the fullness of the head, and left slightly more than average lacing.

Floral and piney notes hit the nose first, with the expected citrus tones following on the finish. The hop aromas are solidly present but do not command attention. The flavors are both as expected and follow the path blazed by the aromas. Perhaps a bit more malt backbone than is usual for a west coast IPA.

The body was surprisingly solid for a PNW hop bomb, not just another hop juice beer. Nicely drinkable, but as usual with these types of tastebud killers boredom sets in after a couple.

Overall an above average version of the style, worth some effort in seeking out, but not worth planning a trip around.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery in Hood River 5/18/09.

Orangish body under one finger quickly dissipating head minimal lacking. Citrusy, more lemon than grapefruit, taste with strong peppery hop presence on the back end. Alcohol well hidden makes it dangerously drinkable. Absolutely divine, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an imperial pint.

This beer is a thing of beauty sitting in the sunlight. Brilliant golden orange see-thru body, soft off-white head, nice retention and lacing. With a little condensation on the outside of the glass it looks almost too good to drink. Almost.

Smells tasty. Kind of a medley of hop aromas: floral (light), pine and citrus (stronger). The malt is grainy and toasty, not very sweet. Starts off really nice, only gets better as it warms up. Inviting for sure.

Tastes great. Big dose of citrus (grapefruit and a bit of sweeter orange) and resiny pine bitterness. The malt backbone is significant, but toasty, almost crackerish. Slippery smooth while still in the mouth, but the smoothness is snapped off with a finish that's dry and has plenty of lingering resiny bitterness, leaving you wanting another sip (or pint!).

Overall impression: Great beer. I'd stack this one up against any IPA anywhere.

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Photo of Sharpie30
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Horse Brass. Pours a gold hazy pint with orange hues. Head is thin and all but a small amount receds quickly. Medium Aromas of grapefruit, pine and honey. Hop lava goes down smooth with a balanced medium bitterness and good mouthfeel. This brew is good, but it doesnt excite me an any particular way, probably becase we are so spoiled in the NW.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served pale amber with a modest head and fair amount of lacings. Aroma is earthy floral hops. Taste is bitter earthy leathery hops. Good amount of malts help balance the bitterness. With so many good American IPAs available it is hard to single out something special in most of them. This one did have a bit more interesting hop richness than many but that may be due to the fresh from the keg experience. I certainly will order some Hop Lava when in the mood for a tasty IPA.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is hands down the best looking IPA I've ever had poured for me. The color was flat out amazing. Like a super shiny gold nugget melted into a glass. With the sun pouring into the taproom I was simply blown away, not to mention it was poured in an imperial pint glass.

Smell is strong citrus and pine. Absolutely wonderful smelling beer. Smell and appearance are pretty much perfect.

Taste is nice and citrusy with some sweetness to back it up. Very easy drinking with great hop character.

Super duper IPA if you ask me.

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Photo of antilogic
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Horsebrass in Porland, OR at the recommendation of the staff.

Earth and citrus notes, gold with a light, quickly fading head. Medium bodied and well balanced with a surprisingly light aroma. Tasty but not a standout in an particular facet.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's Tavern in Portland.

Pours a clear orange with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Smell of resiny hops with some light floral hop notes as well.

Quite tasty. Pretty much all hops all the time, with a strong resin and citrus bitterness.

Despite the heavy hop presence, this is still a highly drinkable beer. A pleasant amount of bitterness remains in an otherwise crisp finish. Does not taste or feel like 7.5% ABV so be careful.


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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.48/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this most recently on-tap at Firehouse Restaurant in NE Portland.

a. slightly hazy under-ripe orange, near grapefruit, in color. Fairly thin cream-colored head of fine bubbles with subtle but powerful lacing.

s. Fruity grapefruit hop aromas balance well with juniper, anise, pine tar, and pure NW hop bitterness. Floral aromas are minimal which is a nice change from many strong NW aIPAs. As it warms, a bit of maltiness comes forward with some almost rye-bread notes.

t. Incase the aroma didn't give it all away, the taste is overwhelmingly hoppy - in the best way possible. Grapefruit and apple hop notes battle strongly with pine resin right off the bat, and keep fighting throughout the beer. It leaves a strong pine tar resin on the tongue, keeping the bitterness at the forefront, but a strong warming malt keeps the hops from overpowering.

m. Creamy and smooth. Almost dangerously so. Finishing a sip makes my mouth feel empty and craving more. The pine oils are perfectly balanced - I don't feel like I'm drowning in bitterness, but it's delightfully present. It's light and crisp, while also having a pleasant creaminess. I don't know how they pull it off, while staying away from the viscous syrup that some stronger IPAs fall victim to.

d. Every time I've had this, it's hard to think about any other beer. And I have to remind myself that I can't keep drinking it all night - because for some reason, I'm compelled to drink more of this one. It pulls at my palette more than almost any other IPA.

One the whole, it's a beautiful IPA. The malt presence is strong, but the pure hops are much stronger. Definitely tastes like a strong NW IPA with fruit and pine hop flavors. After having it several different times, Hop Lava is definitely one of my top choices when it comes to IPAs. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this IPA as it was big bold and had a slightly dry finish that made it way too drinkable. Had it at Henry's in Portland and the beer matched my halibut burger perfectly. I suspect this beer isn't the easiest to find but search it out because it is great.

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland.

This beer has got a hazy, golden color with an orange tint. It has a fruity, hoppy aroma with a well hopped flavor and a slightly bitter finish. I found it very drinkable.

This is a very good beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer on several occasions, including on cask at the HorseBrass recently. Frankly, I don't think cask conditioning does this beer a lot of good as it tends to mute some of the dry hopping flavor. So this review is from the source, a lovely glass had at Double Moutain the other day.

The beer pours the typical IPA orange color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer also screams IPA, consisting of citrus and maybe a touch of underlying beef boullion. On the palate this beer is all IPA goodness. It tastes incredibly fresh and pungent, with a goodly amount of hoppy bitterness. While this beer doesn't have anything like the DIPA hop or alcohol profile, the hops are still very pronounced and tend to become more noticeable the more one drinks of it. The beer is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink and the abv. is well disguised. I see it listed at 7.5%, but would have guessed anything from 5% up to 8%. There really isn't much of an alcohol kick to this beer.

A very fine IPA from Double Mountain; very much in the NW/West Coast style with a somewhat dry flavor profile and no more then a modest amount of malt. Quite tasty.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I like the name. Hood River sits in the heart of a volcanic mountain chain and this local IPA has explosive hop attitude. The aroma is entirely resinous as is the piney, succulent hop flavor. Bittering is high, yet not overplayed, and contributes a slight lemony tang. The body is moderately clear bronze with scrappy lace.

Hop Lava is what any NW craft IPA might aspire to. It has character, substance, and a lot of Centennial and Cascade hops. Hearty yet casual, with a high Dude factor.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at their taproom/brewpub.

Reddish tan body with a small head, no lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild when cold. Hops, pine, tart grapefruit citrus. Once it warmed up, I could taste some bready aromatics as well as an alcohol bite.

Gotta say, middle and end are great. Up front it is kind of sharp, dry, perhaps a bit sour. Once youve had a few sips the drinkability goes way up. Wet and dry hopped, with a good alcohol kick.
I liked XX Mountains IRA offering better than this, but as an IPA, it can hold its own against a lot of the bigger breweries. It definitly gets lots of points for its unique attributes such as their propietary yeast strains.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First tasted at the Concordia XX IPA fest. Followed up with a pint at the brewery. This IPA incorporates a Belgian yeast strain giving it a rich fruity character and mildly sour mouthfeel.

Appearance: Pale corn color with attractive lacing.

Aroma: Massive gin like juniper berries and branches, grape seed oil, rum, touches of grapefruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Acrid, mildly sour in a Berliner Weise meets IPA sort of way. Burning Alcohol and hop presence. Very bitter. Loads of juniper/pine flavor highlighted nicely by a generic, Belgian Pale sort of light fruitiness. Grapes and citrus. Medium bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Outstanding. This is quite hoppy and a touch strong but it remains nearly sessionable for me.

Simply exceptional.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a big ol' imperial pint on draft at the Horse Brass. Hop Lava is a hazy pale orange with small, light khaki head that left thick foam rings on the first 1/2 of the glass.

The smell is strong, hops, hops and more hops of the classic NW variety, a battle between citrus fruit and pine. From the first whiff I knew I was in for a treat, even at a smoky bar!

I was taken aback by my first sip - whoa, this is one resiny hop bomb! My initial impression was that it was too extreme. But by about the 3rd sip, my palate adjusted and I really started to enjoy it. The taste was definatly more pine then fruit, with a slight hint of booze. The dry hopping just explodes on the tastebuds (or should I say erupts), so fresh and bright, made me think how lucky I was to live close to the source. I like em extreme, and this one puts the San Diego IPAs to shame. The greatest thing for me was that the hop emphasis was on flavor first, then aroma, then bitterness, courtesy of what was surly a copious amount of dry hopping. Exactly how I like it.

The mouthfeel was extremely creamy, with a medium body, and of course hop oils.

While this was way to hoppy to really throw back to much, I really savored my pint, just damn good. I'd heard good things about Double Mountain, and am very impressed by my first beer of theirs.

75 IBUs

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